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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009 edited
     
    So in light of Tom's awesome quote on the "hybrids are dumb" thread I thought perhaps it would be fitting if there was a thread on quotes about bicycles. Whether or not this catches on is another story but I thought I would give it a shot. Here is one from the site that Tom suggested that I really like:

    The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. ~Christopher Morley

    Add quotes that you find, or your own quotes for that matter!

    Cheers,
    Adam
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
     
    Here is another one that I like:

    One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle. - Michael Palin
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
     
    Understand that where I work, peolpe use language that is, colorful, but wrong.

    "you look gay riding your stupid bike to work" - co worker.

    "what?" - me

    "at least doesn't get all out of breath walking up the ladders like you" - other co worker
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
     
    I'm familiar with those types of discussions myself. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
     
    I found this quote from one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain:
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.

    From: Taming the Bicycle
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
     
    sso:I found this quote from one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain:
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.

    From: Taming the Bicycle


    I dig that quote!
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
     
    In the midst of the bicycle boom ca. 1890-1920, the 12th U.S. Census (1900) produced a report on the explosive growth in the bicycle industry. My favorite quote:

    "It is safe to say that few articles ever used by man have created so great a revolution in social conditions as the bicycle."
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
     
    These are such good quotes!
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
     
    Here's another one I found:

    It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~ Ernest Hemingway
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    "You not ride bike, you nobody."

    -Eddie B
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009 edited
     
    “I’ll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”

    -Susan B. Anthony (1896)
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    Somebody follow me around for a day and capture the gems I spew on a daily basis:face-monkey:
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    <strong><blockquote><cite> Tom@VC:</cite>I spew on a daily basis</blockquote></strong>


    Done!
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2009
     
    "You can't train luck."

    -Eddie B
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> ray333:</cite>"You can't train luck."

    -Eddie B</blockquote>
    Sounds like

    "You can't fix stupid".
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
     
    "All bicycles weigh fifty pounds. A thirty-pound bicycle needs a twenty-pound lock. A forty-pound bicycle needs a ten-pound lock. A fifty-pound bicycle doesn't need a lock." -- unknown
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
     
    "You can't mountain bike and think about dinner or divorce or the bills. You need to be one big sensory receptor if you're going to stay within the margins of control. You need to be like an animal. They don't think about bills."
    -- Jacquie Phelan

    "Cars are all right on occasion, but they are not moments of grace, as bicycles are."
    -- Colman McCarthy, journalist and cyclist

    "The mode of locomotion should be slow, the slower the better, and be often interrupted by leisurely halts to sit on vantage points and stop at question marks."
    -- Carl Sauer, in a 1956 president's address to the Association of American Geographers

    (all from Bike Bits, an online newsletter from Adventure Cycling)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
     
    sso:"You can't mountain bike and think about dinner or divorce or the bills. You need to be one big sensory receptor if you're going to stay within the margins of control. You need to be like an animal. They don't think about bills."
    -- Jacquie Phelan

    "Cars are all right on occasion, but they are not moments of grace, as bicycles are."
    -- Colman McCarthy, journalist and cyclist

    "The mode of locomotion should be slow, the slower the better, and be often interrupted by leisurely halts to sit on vantage points and stop at question marks."
    -- Carl Sauer, in a 1956 president's address to the Association of American Geographers

    (all from Bike Bits, an online newsletter from Adventure Cycling)


    Whoa, that's rad. I never expected to see a Jacquie Phelan here! She's all kinds of rad
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    William:
    "you look gay riding your stupid bike to work" - co worker.


    Every one at my work teases me about riding my bike to and fro work. They also use colorful language to describe me. I have quite a few co-workers who have tried to convince me to purchase a car-junker for ~1000 bones and ride that to and fro. I'm stickin to my guns. Why drive when you can bike? Here is my favorite biking quote from a 50's poster:
    Bike to work already!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
     
    William:
    "you look gay riding your stupid bike to work" - co worker.


    My husband is always trying to come up with jokes...and I liked this one he came up with a while ago..
    "Why do you think they call it a bi-cycle" :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthordraper
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
     
    "My best friend,believe it or not, it was my bike. This I had bought at Madison Square Garden, at the end of the six-day race. It was made in Chemnitz, Bohemia...I had two other bikes of American manufacture. These I would lend to friends...But the one from the Garden no one but myself rode. It was like a pet. And why not? Did it not see me through all my times of trouble and despair?...I carried on silent coversations with it. And of course I paid it the best attention. Which meant that everytime I returned home I stood the bike upside down, searched for a clean rag and polished the hubs and the spokes. Then I cleaned the chain and greased it afresh. That operation left ugly stains on the stone in the walkway. My mother would complain, beg me to put a newspaper under my wheel before starting to clean it. Sometimes she would get so incensed that she would say "I'm surprised you don't take that thing to bed with you!" And I would retort, "I would if I had a decent room and a big enough bed." Henry Miller : My Bike & Other Friends
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
     
    I don't mind the jokes, really. Because, I'm pretty impervious to name calling. The homophobia, however.. kind of irks me.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009 edited
     
    I love Henry Miller. I've read all his novels and some of his shorter work. He refers quite often to his passion for cycling in his books, regaling the reader with tales of riding cinder paths from his native Brooklyn out to Coney Island and Long Island in the teens and twenties on fixed gear bikes, and riding around France in the thirties. He continued to ride on the Santa Monica/Venice Beach bike path well into his late 70s. If you ever have a chance to ride the coast route south from Monterey through Big Sur, absolutely don't miss the Henry Miller Library in painter Emil White's old house. It's on the east side of Highway 1 just south of Nepenthe. Magnus Toren is the curator and would be happy to show you around. Bring panniers or a backpack to carry your purchases home, or for the cost of postage, Magnus will gladly mail them to you.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2009
     
    "Chasing records doesn't keep me on my bike. Happiness does."
    -- Lance Armstrong
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
     
    The quotes below are from Trophy Bikes' website. I bought both mine and husband's Surlys from Trophy Bikes in Philly - an excellent independent bike shop.

    "Keep your bike between you and the mugger, and use the bike like a lion-tamer uses a chair."
    -Rick Rayfield, Bicycle Commuting
    I would like to add that a ulock makes a very handy weapon that one can wave around.

    "A bicycle is a strangely attractive vehicle that is quiet, does not pollute, and moreover maximizes the human capacity for movement"
    -Tetsuro Kurokawa, architect

    "Bicycles endure unusually high stresses at unusually low speeds, and for this reason seem to violate many design rules that apply to other machines."
    -Jobst Brandt, The Bicycle Wheel

    "A cyclist worthy of the name travels far and wide, defying and conquering distance."
    -Harold Moore, The Complete Cyclist

    "To find the quality of a bicycle, look at its parts."
    -The Clear Creek Bike Book

    "More than any other emotion, melancholy is incompatible with bicycling."
    -James Starrs, The Noiseless Tenor
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2009
     
    From the latest Bike Bits:

    "Let's have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle."
    -- U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2009 edited
     
    "Let's have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle."
    -- U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)


    Love it!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2009
     
    A beautiful essay by Paul Cooley - a father of two who lives car-free in Santa Fe, NM. Below are my favorite parts:

    I did want to get rid of the car because cars are inherently dangerous. The recent loss of four teenagers to a drunk driver underscored that for me. I lost my father, when I was eighteen, to a reckless driver who ran a stop sign. True, we may be more vulnerable on a bicycle, but for me, it is a matter of choosing not to participate in an activity that claims over 40,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone. It's a personal decision. Some people respond to problems of gun violence by arming themselves. Others sell their weapons. You can either choose to have the biggest damn SUV on the road, or you can ditch your car and buy a bicycle. Neither decision is inherently right, and neither can vouchsafe your life.


    I'm not really that much of an activist. For the most part, I'm just stubborn and opinionated. I'm seeking a certain artistic balance and harmony in my life, and selling our car was certainly a step in the right direction
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    "Good bicycles turn effort into emotion. ... On a fine bike you can ride better than you ever thought possible and catch glimpses of extraordinary athletic prowess you didn't realize you had."
    -- Jim Langley, cycling writer
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    ah, nice the see the quotes thread back to life.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    To believe in cycling, one must believe in people.
    - Marvin Davis, still cycling.
    • CommentAuthorSerge
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2009 edited
     
    <blockquote>"Same Roads, Same Rights, Same Rules"</blockquote> - Jack Taylor,
    [[_linker_]]
    <blockquote><del>"Bicycle drivers cannot develop sufficient political power, or emotional power, to change public opinion about bicycling. It is silly to waste time discussing what to do about this."</del></blockquote> - John Forester,
    [[_linker_]]
    <em><strong>NOTE: the now struck-out words above was not the quote I put in this post. Someone edited my post and changed it six days ago. I did not notice it until last night. For the record, I disagree with that statement, which Forester made on the sdcbc list a week or two ago. I do believe that it possible to change public opinion about bicycling, a little bit at a time, but we need to start with changing opinion about bicycling within the bicycling community. Anyway, the following is the original Forester quote I listed here - Serge 12/23/09</strong> </em> <blockquote>"Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles."</blockquote> - John Forester,
    [[_linker_]]
    <blockquote>"The urban cyclist's best chance is to gather all the responsibility that can be gathered. Hoard it from those around you. Have faith that you will do a better job with it than they will, and make it so. Don't trust your fate to the police, the planners, the pedestrians, or the paramedics. Don't leave your fate to the stars, or to luck. Definitely don't leave your fate to the drivers."</blockquote> Robert Hurst,
    [[_linker_]]
    <blockquote>"Bicyclists are motorcyclists with organic engines."</blockquote> - Wayne Pein </big>
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    <blockquote>Nonesense written by a child</blockquote>
    - John Forrester
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    I can't believe this one was missed:

    Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy

    and while we are at it...

    When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells

    It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~Ernest Hemingway
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein


    Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades.
    - Eddy Merckx

    To be free and to live a free life - that is the most beautiful thing there is. Miguel Indurain
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    <blockquote>Bicycle drivers cannot develop sufficient political power, or emotional power, to change public opinion about bicycling. It is silly to waste time discussing what to do about this.</blockquote>

    - John Forrester.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    William:
    Bicycle drivers cannot develop sufficient political power, or emotional power, to change public opinion about bicycling. It is silly to waste time discussing what to do about this.


    - John Forrester.


    As big of a critic of CM as I have been ... I'd say CM in San Francisco disproved this.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> bikingbill:</cite>As big of a critic of CM as I have been ... I'd say CM in San Francisco disproved this.</blockquote>

    Me too. We can sway opinion, public opinion. Perhaps sometimes we sway it the wrong way, but PROGRESS IS PROGRESS!!

    :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorSerge
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009 edited
     
    "PROGRESS IS PROGRESS!!" declared the captain to his dismayed crew as they sailed east from Hawaii on their way to California.

    Without a goal to measure against, "progress" is meaningless.
    Relative to making progress towards achieving a given goal, "doing nothing" is often better than "doing <em>something</em>" for many <em>somethings</em>...
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009 edited
     
    The bicycle hides nothing and threatens nothing. It is what it does, its form is its function.
    - Stewart Parker
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> Serge:</cite>Relative to making progress towards achieving a given goal, "doing nothing" is often better than "doing <em>something</em>" for many <em>somethings</em>...</blockquote>

    That's what they have couches and keyboards for. You see, some people will say "oh, I'll do nothing, because doing something might be bad". And then they post to internet forums, mailing list, and ect a lot.
    • CommentAuthorSerge
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2009 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite> William:</cite><blockquote><cite> Serge:</cite>Relative to making progress towards achieving a given goal, "doing nothing" is often better than "doing <em>something</em>" for many <em>somethings</em>...</blockquote>

    That's what they have couches and keyboards for. You see, some people will say "oh, I'll do nothing, because doing something might be bad". And then they post to internet forums, mailing list, and ect a lot.</blockquote>
    Yes, except discussing important issues is not exactly doing nothing, and is progress if it moves <em>thinking </em>in the right direction... towards our presumably mutual goal of gaining wider acceptance of bicycling as viable transportation.

    Participating in events that increase the ire against bicyclists and bicycling is the opposite of achieving progress towards that goal.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2009 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite> Serge:</cite> is progress if it moves <em>thinking </em>in the right direction... </blockquote>

    Quoted... that along with "why do people object to getting and education on"...

    I'll just sit back and let other's do the thinking for me so I can go along with the herd.

    Wait, wait, wait...... if I did that I'd drive a car every day because that is safe, normal, and what we're educated to do. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2009 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite> Serge:</cite>Participating in events that increase the ire against bicyclists and bicycling is the opposite of achieving progress towards that goal.</blockquote>

    Uh, riding 5 feet out in the middle of a lane sure is a bridge towards peace, isn't it! :face-angel:
    • CommentAuthorSerge
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> William:</cite><blockquote><cite> Serge:</cite>Participating in events that increase the ire against bicyclists and bicycling is the opposite of achieving progress towards that goal.</blockquote> Uh, riding 5 feet out in the middle of a lane sure is a bridge towards peace, isn't it! :face-angel:</blockquote> Bicyclists riding outside of door zones, like Rosa Parks sitting down at the front of the bus, are examples of raising ire as an unintentional byproduct of simply doing what's right, and is no reason to do something wrong or unsafe, like riding inside a door zone. Have you seen these videos? <big> FOUR DOOR CAR: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TQ7aID1jHs">Avoiding the Door Zone, Part 1</a> TWO DOOR CAR: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YixMuZpm88">Avoiding the Door Zone, Part 2</a>
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    These arguments are stupid.
    This is a thinly veiled personal attack on author(s), and is not acceptable here. Deleted.
    Moderator

    Ride as safe as you can. That's all there is to say about that. The only thing I particularly dislike about the bicycling community is that everyone is so divided on these little nuances of riding, specifically how to tell others how to ride safe.

    I ride "outside of the door zone" if that's what you want to call it, and when appropriate (for instance in residential areas where traffic is slow) I ride in the middle of the road. I always look for cars, and I always avoid getting hit by them.

    There is no need to argue over the "rights" of cyclers. If you want something, take it. No one will give it to you, and those who actually matter may even respect you for your crass.

    Doing what we do is many things, it's a social statement, it's an environmental statement, it's one step toward changing the world. But that's all it is for us. Staying outside the "door zone" is nothing like Rosa Parks, we are not a minority fighting for our rights to be regarded as humans. We are a bunch of folks who ride bicycles instead of drive cars. That's it.

    Just because you ride a fixie, it doesn't mean that you are Malcolm X. And just because you drive a car, it doesn't mean that you are Hitler. Get over it, go for a ride enjoy the scenery, clear your head and be quiet. Having to ride in the shoulder is not a social injustice.

    "Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.' ~Louis J. Helle, Jr., Spring in Washington
    • CommentAuthorModerator
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009
     
    The "Taking the lane" discussion is officially over. It has spilled into at least three threads now and it is going nowhere. No more talk or videos about it in any other threads. Until a week ago this forum had no bickering at all and the moderators intend to keep it that way. Thanks.

    :face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2009
     
    I applaud that decision!

    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2009
     
    A few good ones:

    "To travel by bicycle is a humble, nonagressive way to get close to people. It is a way of saying we are passing through with no thought of invasion or conquest, only the simple will to share a part of the road."
    -Claude Herve

    "The world lies right beyond the handlebars of any bicycle."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles"

    "I mean, you either love spinning the pedals and watching scenery whiz by, or you don't. And if you love it, not much can sour you on the idea of riding your bike." Keith Mills

    "Variable gears are only for people over forty five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles rather than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft. Give me a fixed gear."
    - Henri Desgrange, 1903

    "Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades." Anonymous

    "As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bikes in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it by my bed." --John Lennon
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2009
     
    "Ride a bicycle whenever you can, so that you can." -- My father (born in 1925 and still riding today.)